As a beginning piano student, you get used to your teacher correcting you at every step. Curve your fingers! Count carefully! Practice like this! A good piano teacher is a disciplinarian: he or she makes sure that students use the correct fingering, the correct hand position, the correct technique. Beginning students feel constrained by all the rules. Why can't they do it another way? It's easier to slouch or play with poor technique. But their teachers stand firm -- and rightfully so! Someday, the young beginner may grow to be an accomplished pianist.
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The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor could see that tomorrow’s wedding might be in for problems.
“You’re letting it all get to you,” he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. “Just take it one little step at a time. When you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of you. You’ve walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think only of that.
This story about Peter's mission to the Gentiles continues the account that began in 10:1, and it repeats in greater detail the content of Peter's vision that was already mentioned in 10:9-16. It is a remarkable story, because it treats rather lightly a dispute that was widespread in the New Testament church, the dispute over conditions to be laid upon Gentile converts to the faith.